By Robert Wenzel
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out with an op-ed in the Washington Post.
It begins this way:
Drug trafficking is an inherently violent business. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can’t, and don’t, file a lawsuit in court. You collect it by the barrel of a gun.
Of course, Sessions is horrifically wrong. There is nothing about drug sales that makes it an inherently violent business. It is a violent business because of government regulations against its sale and the large penalties for those convicted of selling drugs.
The alcohol business, during prohibition, was a violent business that changed when alcohol was allowed to be sold legally. The same thing would occur if recreational drugs were allowed to be sold legally.
Right now, if you are a drug dealer, you face serious jail time if you get caught, you are going to plug anyone that you think might link you to drug sales and threaten your freedom. That threat goes away under legalized drugs. Drug sales would enter the civilized world where the danger of selling recreational drugs would be no different than selling aspirin or allergy medication. Grandmothers clerking at local pharmacies would be able to handle the transactions.
Sessions appears to not understand any of this, he wants to increase prison sentences for dealers, which of course only increases the incentive for dealers to plug anyone they suspect of being a snitch or could potentially turn so.
Read the rest at TargetLiberty.com